01/12/17 9:39am
Pop Rocks, 2009, Marylin Monter, from the collection of Danielle and David Ganek, courtesy Brooklyn Museum

Pop Rocks, 2009, Marilyn Minter, from the collection of Danielle and David Ganek, courtesy Brooklyn Museum

Pretty/Dirty, the first major retrospective of artist Marilyn Minter’s work, opened at the Brooklyn Museum on Nov. 4, and with all that has transpired since then, it’s understandable that it may not have shown up on your radar. Make no mistake though, this is one show that is not to be missed.

On view until April 2, Pretty/Dirty spans more than four decades of the feminist artist’s provocative pieces. The exhibit is part of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a series of 10 shows that have been produced over the last year to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, which permanently houses The Dinner Party, a landmark installation by Judy Chicago.


Sexuality is not something that Minter shies away from in her work.


Minter works across a spectrum of mediums including painting, photography and video. Her pieces investigate sexuality, politics and the mundane things in life–frozen peas and tea bags left discarded in a kitchen sink–alongside images that are both everyday and unexpected, like large-scale, digital images of a model’s vagina. Sexuality is not something that Minter shies away from in her work, which is glaringly obvious in many of the pieces on display in Pretty/Dirty(more…)

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11/19/15 10:26am
Harvey Stein (American, born 1941). The Hug: Closed Eyes and Smile, 1982. Digital, inkjet archival print, 13 x 19 in. (33 x 48.3 cm). Collection of the artist. © Harvey Stein, 2011

Harvey Stein (American, born 1941). The Hug: Closed Eyes and Smile, 1982. Digital, inkjet archival print, 13 x 19 in. (33 x 48.3 cm). Collection of the artist. © Harvey Stein, 2011

This summer we wrote about Coney Island’s outlandish charm and epic history, the crinkle-cut fries and family-run confectionary businesses. Maybe you visited and let its authentic weirdness wash over you. Today, Coney Island is back on our radar thanks to Coney Island: Visions Of An American Dreamland, 1861-2008, which opens Friday, Nov. 20 at the Brooklyn Museum. Conceptualized and organized by Robin Jaffe Frank, Chief Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Connecticut, the exhibit, while humble in its execution, is groundbreaking in its approach. Frank’s original look at a small corner of the world, a seaside neighborhood in Brooklyn, reveals a mecca of the American spirit, a study of mass culture, and a metaphor for the past 150 years of U.S. history. (more…)

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05/20/15 9:44am
Use this exhibit to start a conversation with your kids before it ends on May 24th. Photo: Jonathan Dorado Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum.

Use this colorful exhibit to start a conversation with your kids about race and representation before it ends on May 24th. Photo: Jonathan Dorado, courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

If you are planning a “staycation” in Brooklyn over Memorial Day weekend, it’s a perfect time to catch up on all the overcrowded art shows. Most of the city will be out of town, and those left behind will have the opportunity to poke around the Bjork show at the MOMA without a timed ticket, waltz into the new meatpacking Whitney Museum, or–my pick!–take a last look at the Kehinde Wiley show at the Brooklyn Museum, which closes May 24th.

An artist that is known for raising questions about race and representation is not an obvious “kids pick,” but in this case, the colorful canvases and sculptures are eye-catching enough to hold a child’s attention. The Brooklyn Museum has staged a retrospective of Kehinde Wiley’s fourteen-year career and many of the recognizable pieces focus on his “World Stage” series, where he replaced the subjects in European Old Masters portraiture with non-white men. Most of the subjects are dressed casually in sneakers or hoodies, which give what are normally stuffy oil paintings more of a hip hop feeling. Older kids might be enthused by Wiley’s connection to the the FOX TV drama “Empire”, which cements his importance in popular culture. Younger kids might not pick up on either the references to art history or the Lucious Lyons’ dynasty, but there’s still something here for them. (more…)

01/23/15 9:26am
I Spy a vacuum hose in this sculpture.

I spy a vacuum hose…
Judith Scott (American, 1943‒2005). Untitled, 2004. Fiber and found objects, 28 x 15 x 27 in. (71.1 x 38.1 x 68.6 cm).The Smith-Nederpelt Collection. © Creative Growth Art Center. (Photo: © Brooklyn Museum)

It’s a fact that kids love to play hide and seek. My 5-year-old son can spend hours either hiding or seeking with other kids, or looking for hidden toys. The “Judith Scott: Bound and Unbound” show at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum is full of such Easter eggs. The artist has created cocoons of twisted and tied fibers in which she has buried found objects in a variety of ways. Sometimes, the wrapped entities are entirely visible, like a giant shopping cart, or partially visible like the bicycle tire, chair, wire hangers or plastic hose. Mostly, the objects titillate under so much wrapping that you can only begin to guess what lays buried underneath. Needless to say, my son very much enjoyed the guessing game.

It's a bird, it's a plane... Judith Scott (American, 1943‒2005). Untitled, 1989. Fiber and found objects, 45⅛ x 22 x 10 in. (114.6 x 55.9 x 25.4 cm). The Museum of Everything, London. © Creative Growth Art Center.  (Photo: © Sylvain Deleu)

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…
Judith Scott (American, 1943‒2005). Untitled, 1989. Fiber and found objects, 45⅛ x 22 x 10 in. (114.6 x 55.9 x 25.4 cm). The Museum of Everything, London. © Creative Growth Art Center.
(Photo: © Sylvain Deleu)

“That’s a turkey, and that one is a sword. This is a snake or some work tools. This one must be a giant hen laying an egg.” Of course, my son was able to see many different ideas for implausible things hiding underneath the textures. But, even as an adult, your mind does wander through the bundles looking for clues in the negative space and abstractions. With every artist, a viewer looks closely to see what the artist might be trying to say with their work. And with Judith Scott, it is impossible to know for certain, as she didn’t have the language to speak for herself. (more…)

12/18/14 12:00pm

Image-1It’s not just the holiday season in New York, with all those lights, elaborate window displays and ill-advised third (or fourth or fifth) servings of mulled wine, it’s also something of a peak to the cultural season. Lots of plays and art exhibits open in early fall, with runs that last through early January, while Hollywood hoards all non-summer blockbuster films until November and December, so a slew of movies for Oscar consideration come out this time of year. The end result being that there’s suddenly a glut of great stuff watch, see and do, with the added pressure that many of these shows will soon close. Here’s how to treat yourself to a cultural holiday in New York City over the next few weeks, with a few especially-for-the-season picks thrown in. And, for an extensive selection of live concerts, check out our year-end live music round-up. (more…)

11/13/14 3:00pm

american-fine-craft-show-brooklyn-bennett-leonoff-noiseuxRed teapot by Jerry Bennett, Weave #1 by Nick Leonoff, Ammolite ring by Debbie Noiseux

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How often do you get to walk into Brooklyn Museum and walk out with some of the art? Well, on November 22 and 23, you’ll get your chance. The American Fine Craft Show Brooklyn will be returning to Brooklyn Museum, just in time for you to get an early start on holiday shopping. And if you enter our contest, you may even win a piece of art valued at $900!

Enter our contest below for a chance to win a hand-blown vase by acclaimed glass artist Douglas Merritt valued at $900; a personalized, custom-crafted puzzle box, based on your initial or your portrait, from founder Richard Rothbard himself; or one of 50 pairs of free tickets to the show.

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11/11/14 3:00pm

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How often do you get to walk into Brooklyn Museum and walk out with some of the art? Well, on Nov. 22 and 23, you’ll get your chance. The American Fine Craft Show Brooklyn will be returning to Brooklyn Museum, just in time for you to get an early start on holiday shopping. And if you enter now, you could win a hand-blown vase; a personalized, custom-crafted puzzle box; or one of 50 pairs of free tickets to the show.

 

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11/04/14 3:00pm

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The American Fine Craft Show at Brooklyn Museum will feature the works of over 90 exhibitors, including handmade ceramics, decorative and wearable fiber, furniture, glass, sculptures, jewelry and leather apparel. Enter now for a chance to win a hand-blown vase by acclaimed glass artist Douglas Merritt valued at $900; a personalized, custom-crafted puzzle box, based on your initial or your portrait, from founder Richard Rothbard himself; or one of 50 pairs of free tickets to the show.

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11/03/14 12:00pm

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Sponsored By American Fine Craft Show at Brooklyn Museum.

Join us for the 2nd Annual American Fine Craft Show at Brooklyn Museum, part of The Art of American Craft Museum Show Series.

Created By BlankSlate

How often do you get to walk into Brooklyn Museum and walk out with some of the art? Well, on November 22 and 23, you’ll get your chance. The American Fine Craft Show Brooklyn will be returning to Brooklyn Museum, just in time for you to get an early start on holiday shopping. And if you enter our contest below, you may even win a piece of art valued at $900!

The American Fine Craft Show Brooklyn will be held in the museum’s Beaux-Arts Court, featuring the works of over 90 exhibitors, including handmade ceramics, decorative and wearable fiber, furniture, glass, sculptures, jewelry, and leather apparel. There will be fashion by Patricia Palson, ceramics by Jerry Bennett Pottery, glass by Jeffrey P’an, furniture by Doug Meyer of Rustbelt Rebirth, and much more. (more…)